Controlling Nausea and Vomiting After Surgery

While common side effects of anesthesia, nausea and vomiting after anesthesia not only makes the patient uncomfortable, but can cause significant stress on incisions and the abdominal cavity. By controlling nausea and vomiting, patients feel better and may experience decreased recovery time. Some of the techniques anesthesiologists use to control nausea and vomiting include:

  • Giving medications to prevent nausea before surgery starts in “at risk” patients
  • Maintaining nausea preventing medications throughout surgery
  • Ensuring that there are anti-nausea medications available after surgery
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